J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 06-08-2018

Largest legal pot farm may mark end of cannabis industry’s “Wild West” phase – ThinkProgress

The first phase of construction on the Massachusetts Medical Cannabis Center, set to begin in March, is a 130,000-square-foot building, a quarter of which is warehouse space. If Americann’s complicated play for a new, large-scale pot business model is successful, Barton and his investors will get many millions of dollars richer. Just like mall owners don’t make Hot Topic belts themselves, Barton’s firm is a landlord that won’t grow an ounce of pot itself. Barton and Keogh have been trying to get the MMCC off the ground for years, working with a marijuana business veteran from early 2014 to refine its approach to building a pot real estate empire. Colorado pot entrepreneur Jay Czarkowski had only been Americann’s CEO for about two months when the firm shifted into pot real estate work in 2014. 

The MMCC will give Americann’s partners huge influence in the state’s medicinal cannabis market, concentrating control in ways that come with pluses and minuses for consumers. When the first greenhouse opens, Coastal Compassion will rapidly become the largest supplier in the state, potentially controlling an outright majority of the current demand for medical pot. As the market grows and matures over time, Keogh expects the MMCC facilities will provide roughly 20 percent of all the medical cannabis that Bay Staters buy - smaller than its initial market share, but still plenty large enough to be a dominant player. Such huge scale and concentrated market share implies a very different pot economy from what legalization and medicinal advocates might have had in mind just a few years ago. With cannabis still illegal federally, and pot businesses thus unable to access the basic financial services all businesses need to maximize growth, the emerging pot industry has often been compared to the Wild West. 

The big money is coming in, eager to wipe out boutique operations and hippie ideals with venture capital leverage and factory-style pot farms. As the big-box-store model of pot capitalism puts down roots, the financial proceeds of legalization will become concentrated in fewer and fewer hands. 

Keywords: [“pot”,”Americann”,”facility”]
Source: https://thinkprogress.org/nations-largest-legal-pot-farm-moves…

How to do good and well – Eraldo Cavalli

Salesforce story embodies well the new paradigm of compassionate capitalism. Many of Salesforce executives joined the company from Oracle Corporation where they had experimented how starting a philanthropic program requires more than just putting a fuck load of cash behind it. In 2000, just one year after founding Salesforce, Benioff started Salesforce.com Foundation to coordinate the company efforts around grants, donations and employee activities to serve the communities. Salesforce foundation received 1% of Saleforce.com equity, quite an unusual move which generated a vast pool of resources when the company IPO’ed in 2004 at a valuation of around $1.1B, and even more today that Salesforce.com is valued above $10bn. This 1% equity gives a strong moral message about what the company cares about and how philanthropy is deeply rooted in Salesforce identity. 

The executives Saleforce.com hires know they will be asked about community involvement during their interviews as Salesforce screens the candidates based on their philanthropic values, but at the same time new hires actively reach out to Salesforce because of its social impact mission. Salesforce offers employees to use 1% of their time to volunteer on whatever they want to. First week orientation includes half a day of service work at one of the many nonprofits that Salesforce has provided free products to. Through a dedicated program called Power of Us Salesforce offers 10 free accounts to any nonprofit organization and sells additional accounts at 80% discount. Salesforce allows employees flexibility in the organizations they want to support but at the same time there are some areas where they feel they can make a bigger impact: one of these areas is local schools STEM education. 

Salesforce provides start-up capital and free services to build technology centers in schools. 1% of the working time definitely doesn’t impact the corporate performance negatively, if looking at Salesforce numbers one could say that it actually improves performance. 

Keywords: [“Salesforce”,”company”,”employee”]
Source: https://eraldo.blog/2018/05/23/compassionate-capitalism

In our opinion: Meaningful work for inmates points to lower recidivism

While prison labor has a long, exploitative history, Utah legislators and employers should ensure both inmates on work release programs and former prisoners have access to jobs, competitive wages and compassionate mentoring to help address the overwhelming problem of recidivism. The reports highlight a model of work release programs for inmates used in a handful of states such as Indiana and Nevada, and it’s an initiative legislators should consider as they work toward the long-term project of criminal justice reform. The Bureau of Prisons runs a program called Federal Prison Industries that pays inmates less than a dollar an hour for hard labor, often on an assembly line. This model regards prisoners as a source of cheap labor, forcing inmates to work difficult jobs without benefits or protection. In Utah, prisoners are not allowed to work at local businesses. 

Across the country, prisoners can also be contracted – for less than a dollar an hour – to work for the profit of major companies such as Whole Foods, McDonald’s and Walmart. Some states have adopted more empowering methods of employment, and compassionate work release programs illuminate the ethical path forward for the prison industry. Prisons should see to it that all inmates receive job training to prepare them to enter the workforce upon release. Replacing Federal Prison Industries labor with work release programs allows inmates to leave prison for the day to work for minimum wage, at the very least. This includes offering inmates greater access to job training, opportunities to work with competitive wages and compassionate mentoring to help citizens gain the skills they need to succeed. 

Public policy analysis suggests work release programs for inmates correlate with reduced recidivism and increased likelihood of employment after incarceration. Replacing exploitative labor practices with compassionate models of employment will better help inmates escape the revolving door of incarceration and get on their feet with the skills they need. 

Keywords: [“inmates”,”work”,”prison”]
Source: https://www.deseretnews.com/article/900010388/in-our-opinion…

J.R.’s Zaphne Blog News for 03-01-2018

The Instant Pot and How Empathy is at the Core of Capitalism

The Instant Pot is a little story of how entrepreneurs unselfishly better our world. If you don’t have an Instant Pot or don’t cook, you are probably wondering what the fuss is about. Without traditional advertising, Instant Pot has become a best-selling item on Amazon, selling 215,000 units on Amazon Prime Day. Reimagined for the 21st Century, the Instant Pot combines slow cooker and pressure cooker features and adds others. We have two Instant Pots on our kitchen counter; most days, we use both. We assumed these frustrations were the price we paid for home cooking until the Instant Pot arrived. Dr. Robert Wang, the inventor of the Instant Pot, was certain there was a better way that only he could see. Yes, Dr. Wang created wealth for himself; but he did so by improving the lives of others, including a small economy of cookbook authors showing how to use the Instant Pot for every possible cuisine. Successful entrepreneurs have empathy for the consumer; crony capitalists focus on their own needs. Entrepreneurs, not crony capitalists with their political enablers, bring you well-stocked supermarkets with fresh food from all over the planet and a better pot for cooking.

Keywords: [“Pot”,”Instant”,”Wang”]
Source: https://stream.org/instant-pot-empathy-core-capitalism

| Book Review: Compassionate Capitalism

Salesforce.com donates their CRM database to nonprofits. Benioff founded Salesforce.com and from day one was thinking about corporate philanthropy. Benioff left Oracle and started Salesforce.com in the mid 1990’s. In the last year they’ve doubled the number of nonprofits who have been donated Salesforce.com CRM to a total of 1000. As a Salesforce.com implementer for nonprofits, I’m a bit conflicted at the popularity of the Salesforce.com donation program. If Oracle/Google/Microsoft bought Salesforce.com would the donation program go away? Microsoft has an extensive community affairs department, and I’ve been on the receiving end of many of their grants, so if they purchased Salesforce.com, I couldn’t see them killing the program right away. The Salesforce.com experience with philanthropy, at least from the outside, seems to be a mirror of their experience in business. The biggest of which, I think, was that nonprofits who were getting Salesforce.com donation weren’t being successful in getting it up and running. As you’ve no doubt figured out, I’m a big fan of Salesforce.com.

Keywords: [“Salesforce.com”,”nonprofit”,”donation”]
Source: http://gokubi.com/archives/book-review-compassionate-capitalism

compassionate capitalism – JR Test Site

People disagree on the details, he says, but across the political spectrum most agree we should balance the innovative power of capitalism with a basic compassion for people. Capitalism and compassion: a test of Milbrath’s environmental theory. From his observations of environmentalists Milbrath extracts the generalization that there is something inimical between capitalism and compassion. It is concluded that there are many roads to compassion, capitalism not excepted. Conscious Capitalism NEO. Conscious Capitalism builds on the foundations of Capitalism – voluntary exchange, entrepreneurship, competition, freedom to trade and the rule of law. These are essential to a healthy functioning economy, as are other elements of Conscious Capitalism including trust, compassion, collaboration and value creation. Killed more compassion than capitalism could ever.communism, and capitalism were among the options. The connection between capitalism and war is a.Capitalism would be considered sacred and of value. What broke the family? What purchased it: capitalism. Conscious Capitalism is a term coined by John Mackey.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”compassion”,”Law”]
Source: http://jr.zaphne.com/category/compassionate-capitalism

Quakers, ethics and capitalism

Quaker control of Cadbury’s had ended long before the Kraft takeover. The Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre – housed in George Cadbury’s former home on the edge of Bournville – had not sold Cadbury’s chocolate for years, confining itself to Fairtrade varieties. Many British Quakers still felt an emotional attachment to Cadbury’s. Deborah Cadbury, a non-Quaker relative of the famous chocolate-makers, has argued that “Quaker capitalism” was far more ethical than the shareholder capitalism of today. Quaker business success is often attributed to the “Work ethic”. Young Quakers would often be sent to Quaker employers to learn a trade. Deborah Cadbury’s new book Chocolate Wars presents Quaker capitalism as a widespread movement with enlightened values in the world of business. The paternalistic attitudes of the more generous Victorian Quakers seem rather mild compared to the early Quaker values of the 1650s. It is small wonder that some look back with enthusiasm to Quaker capitalism. In 2009, a series of events exploring zero-growth economics was organised by Quaker Peace & Social Witness and the Woodbrooke Quaker Study Centre.

Keywords: [“Quaker”,”Cadbury”,”Work”]
Source: http://www.ekklesia.co.uk/node/14583

Compassionate Capitalism, the Workplace, and Social Capital

While compassionate capitalism may seem like a contradictory statement, examples of this practice suggest the power of this model. In this chapter, we review key components of capitalism and compassion. We explore governmental intervention through the Great Depression, the New Deal programs initiated by President Franklin D. Roosevelt and Milton S. Hershey’s groundbreaking business philosophy that was beneficial to the company and to his employees. We then look at the present-day examples of business models that do not sacrifice the community and environment for profit, provide examples of companies that are implementing these models, discuss the business case for doing this, discuss new regulatory support for the concept of compassionate capitalism, and explore how companies are rated by their employees and the community on their “Giving back” practices. KeywordsCompassionate capitalism Corporate social responsibility Corporate citizenship Job satisfaction Best or great places to work Benefit corporations Strategic corporate philanthropy Employee engagement.

Keywords: [“capitalism”,”Corporate”,”Employee”]
Source: https://link.springer.com/chapter/10.1007/978-3-319-33264-2_7